Meet The Team

Kristen Hagler

Kristen L. Hagler BS (An. Phys.), RVT, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation), CCRP, CVPP, COCM, CBW

Kristen earned her undergraduate degree at Sonoma State University (BS in Biology with a concentration in Animal Physiology) and passed the California Registered Veterinary Technician licensing examination in 2002. She then went on to the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation and completed her certification in 2005. In 2017. Kristen was recognized as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Physical Rehabilitation. She is the only board recognized veterinary technician specialist in Physical Rehabilitation in California and is President of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians, a board recognized Veterinary Technicians Specialty by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

To further enhance the veterinary physical rehabilitation training, Kristen has completed coursework in canine massage therapy through the Caninology® massage therapy program in 2009 and in 2012 completed coursework to become a Certified Osteoarthritis Case Manager (COCM) through the University of Tennessee’s canine rehabilitation program as well as being awarded a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) through the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management. She is also an active Associate Member for the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians – representing the technician members.

Kristen maintains an active role in the community as well, providing continuing education lectures for colleagues and networking with local dog-centered agencies. Her philosophy for every animal is to maintain core strength and physical conditioning to maintain long term health and longevity in the “job” they are performing. Her special interests within animal physical rehabilitation include stifle and elbow conditions, geriatrics, osteoarthritis, performance dogs and pain management (acute and chronic).

Outside of work, Kristen enjoys road biking, jogging, walks, watching volleyball/sports and being with her husband and children. She has a career change dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. named Madrid and a cat named Fish.

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Christine Carr – Veterinary Assistant, Physical Rehabilitation Assistant

Chris with Dusty
Chris with Dusty

Christine has worked with Kristen for three years and has helped to build the rehabilitation department since moving to Windsor Animal Hospital in 2011.  Chris is very involved in dog training and she organizes the dog training classes at Windsor Animal Hospital hand-in-hand with Connie Bartlett, our trainer.  Chris feels Windsor Animal Hospital is more special than other veterinary hospitals due to the time and care given to all patients and clients.  In her free time Chris works in dog sports, agility dogs, and enjoys showing her dogs. Chris’s furry kids include Border Terriers.

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